Ooredoo Group and Alcatel-Lucent Sign Five-year Frame Supply Agreement for Ultra-broadband IP Transport Networks

Nov 18, 2015, 09:00 ET from Ooredoo

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ooredoo Group has signed a frame supply agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, extending and reinforcing the existing long-term collaboration between both companies. The agreement covers the technology evolution and latest innovations relating to ultra-broadband IP and transport networks. This contract will extend for five years and will benefit operations across the Ooredoo footprint in Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia.

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As a result of this agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will supply state-of-the-art, full packet microwave, high bandwidth optical networking & IP routing platforms which will enhance Ooredoo's customers' experience, whether it is for rich communications, watching video entertainment from fixed/mobile devices or accessing cloud-based business applications. Alcatel-Lucent is also providing its professional services expertise including network management services.

The new agreement follows Ooredoo's strategy to enhance network performance across its global footprint, to deliver a superior online experience for customers and to provide the foundations for a new wave of "smart" services.

Ahmed Al Derbesti, COO of Ooredoo Group, said: "Ooredoo is pursuing an ambitious network leadership strategy, which will support our efforts to ensure that our customers get the most out of today's digital, connected world. Our agreement with Alcatel-Lucent builds on our long-standing collaboration with this international leader and strengthens our network as we continue to strive to enrich our customers' lives by providing cutting-edge digital and mobile services."

Philippe Guillemot, COO and Sales Officer of Alcatel-Lucent: "Alcatel-Lucent is proud to deliver to Ooredoo its IP routing and transport solutions to meet the challenges of a networking landscape evolving to address the shift to video, cloud-based services and massive networking traffic growth. We are committed to support now and in the long term, Ooredoo's strong development in all Ooredoo's markets in Africa, the Middle-East and in Asia-Pacific."

About Ooredoo

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people's lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named "Most Innovative Company of the Year -- MEA Region" at the 2015 International Business Awards.

The company reported revenues of US$ 9.1 billion in 2014 and had a consolidated global customer base of 114.9 million customers as of 30 September 2015. Ooredoo's shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange under stock code "ORDS".

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About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

Alcatel-Lucent is the leading IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist. We are dedicated to making global communications more innovative, sustainable and accessible for people, businesses and governments worldwide. Our mission is to invent and deliver trusted networks to help our customers unleash their value. Every success has its network.

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